Harris was acquired off waivers by the Bucs last preseason before the team placed him on injured reserve prior to Week 1. However, it subsequently waived him the following week and re-signed him after Week 7 in order to boost depth at cornerback. He ended up appearing in 10 games. Should he ultimately make the 53-man roster after training camp, he projects to again provide depth in the secondary.
Harris is a restricted free agent but would become an unrestricted free agent March 13 if the team doesn't extend an offer. The 25-year-old made 10 tackles (nine solo) and three passes defended across 10 games last season.
Harris will start at cornerback in Week 13 against the Panthers with Brent Grimes (knee), Carlton Davis (knee) and M.J. Stewart (foot) all inactive, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Harris has seen action in 26 games with the Saints and Buccaneers over two-plus seasons. However, he's logged just one defensive snap this season for Tampa, with the rest of his work coming on special teams. He'll be expected to help contain a Cam Newton-led Panthers passing attack that gets Devin Funchess (back) back from a one-game absence Sunday.
Harris (hamstring) was released from injured reserve Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Harris will now be free to sign with another team. The third-year pro made 30 tackles and two pass breakups for the Saints over the previous two seasons, and he'll likely look for a special teams role to get his foot in the door.
|2016||New Orleans Saints||10||12||10.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||11||18||15.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||9||8.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||10||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||10||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|